La Samaritaine is back!

Why am I – a non-shopper – excited about the re-opening of a department store?


Explore the Louvre online

Even if you aren't heading to Paris anytime soon you can still explore almost half a million objects from the Louvre in detail.

Small group tour of Normandy, Paris & the Loire Valley

Visit the poignant beaches of D-Day, discover the rugged Brittany Coast, dine at an elegant estate in chateaux country, and spend three memorable nights in Paris on one of our most comprehensive Northern France and Normandy tours – AND for a limited time get great savings on airfare.

There are still seats available on June and July departures, starting at $6990 per person, double occupancy (land only).

One upfront, flat round-trip price per person covers air from US and Canadian gateways:

  • $890 Economy Class
  • $1,490 Premium Economy Class
  • $3,490 Business Class

Special air price is available for new bookings only made January 9 – February 28, 2017. Valid for departures March 1 through August 31, 2017.

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Honfleur Harbor

American Cemetery

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

A sound to make a hunchback happy

Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral received a new set of bells for it's 850th anniversary. A 19th century set, the ones that would have been rung by Victor Hugo's Hunchback, had gone out of tune.

The original bells of the cathedral were melted down during the French Revolution. The cathedral was also deconsecrated during that period, and refashioned by the revolutionary government as a "Temple of Reason," dedicated to the ideals of atheism and humanocentrism, "when henceforward there would be one God only, The People." The next year they unleashed the Reign of Terror.

Hotel Report Card: Hôtel de la Paix, Paris, France

Hotel de la Paix, Paris

Hôtel de la Paix
19 rue du Gros Caillou, 75007 Paris
tel. 1-45-51-86-17 fax: 1-45-55-93-28
23 rooms. Singles: €105 Doubles: €150 All major credit cards accepted.

Hotel de la Paix, Paris

This hotel highlights just how unreliable the French star rating system is when it comes to choosing hotels. While the government only gives it two stars, the de la Paix is cleaner and more stylish than many three-star hotels I’ve been in. The interior is done in chocolate-brown leather and wood furnishings, with gleaming bathrooms that are modern and fully functional. Both rooms and bathrooms are on the small side, but that’s not unusual for Paris.

Hotel de la Paix, Paris

It also has many of the things you would expect from a pricier hotel, like 24-hour desk service, an elevator (tiny!) and air conditioning. About the only things it lacks are a minibar and English stations on the TV. A great budget option in the ritzy 7th district.

Overall: B
Location: B
Ambiance: B
Cleanlienss: A
Maintenance: B
Staff: A


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